Thursday, August 4, 2016

Dinner with A&A/C&C- July Edition!

 So a few weeks ago, (I'm getting old, I can't even remember when it was!!) I went over to Auds for our girls nite dinner! And somehow managed to get ZERO pictures of Cubbie James. But no worries, he was there and he got some lovin! We start this picture story with Addie looking slightly worried in our selfie.
 That quickly changed. I just LOVE that little girl! She was allll about Miss Charity that night and we got in LOTS of snuggles. Which just filled my heart up! She is so sweet and FULL of personality! I can remember Audra being pregnant and us talking and wondering about what her future child would be like. I think neither of us imagined the essence that is Addie Jane. She is one of a kind and just delightful! I love this picture of us, but I also think it's funny because she looks so sweet and docile. Don't get me wrong, she is a sweet little love bug, but she has a spunky personality which I love!
 Like how she purposely sucks her thumb and pulls at her hair during our photo session.
 And these pictures... We are still working on getting a good pic of all three of us.
 SOMEONE makes it a little challenging. Also, My head looks 8,000 times the size of Audras in these pics. The girl with the big head should really be in the back. Note to Self.

 Even though it's not "perfect" I love this pic of Addie laughing at her Momma! So sweet!
 She thinks she is a little funny.
 And she is!! She looked at this picture on my phone for a good ten minutes, giggling at herself. Making it larger and zooming in on her face, and giggling some more. This 1 yr old is better at a smartphone than I am.

 It was time for dessert and we had ice cream cones! This is Addies first cone.... More on that in a second.
 Apparently she likes to eat the cone by starting at the bottom. Personally I always save that for last because it's not that good! Well Miss Addie Jane was eating away and waved her cone off to the right of her, where Cubbie just so happened to be standing in wait. And legit in the blink of an eye that cone was gobbled up by Cubs while Addie and I just stared at him trying to figure out what had happened! HA! She looked at me so confused! 
 So here is she with Cone #2. Keep that ice cream close to you Addie Jane!!
 Again with the bottom of the cone. Crazy girl!
Love that little blonde haired spunky girl!!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Review: What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Whooo!! Get Excited! It's time for my very first book review! Now, I have never written a legit blog post in review of a book, so I am sure my first time won't be as stellar as others. But good news for me at least, I have signed up and requested several books to review so there are many more to follow! Thanks to Bekah over at Bekah's Bits, my fellow Indiana blogger, I found out you can sign up to revew books for free! Seeing that I love books and reading and free :) I was alll about that!

My first book is from Revell, thanks for the copy Revell!

"What Matters Most" is by Kellie Coates Gilbert, and it is part of her Texas Gold Series. These books are stand alone books, so you can pick up any one of them and read without needing to read one before another. I have actually read two of her books, "A Woman of Fortune" Which I LOVED, and "Where Rivers Part" which was also really interesting!  I had high hopes for "What Matters Most" but unfortunately I didn't love it as I did her other books.

Her Texas Gold Series is all about Women who are in challenging spots in their lives. Each of them are always going through something that will change their lives, not always for the better! Her stories are about how these women deal with changes, and how they come out on the other end.

This particular book is about a young, single woman (which I can relate to) named Leta. She is barely making ends meet while she works several dead end jobs, and tries to earn enough money to keep her Mom in her memory care facility. Leta's Mom has dementia and it was beautiful to read the scenes with Leta and her Mom. The love that they shared and the care that Leta had for her literally lept off the page.

By a stroke of luck Leta finds a new very high paying job at a "research company". Unfortunately as she works there, things seem to be a little odd and not quite right. As her work continues she finds out that she is actually researching to find dirt on the Senator Nathan, whom she met and has a crush on.

The rest of the book deals with her position at the company, and her relationship with Nathan.

Here is where I didn't love the book. Leta is supposed to be very smart and bright, she is researching all of this stuff, but yet she can't see what is going on under her nose. She also meets Nathan, who is dating another woman, and after meeting him Leta turns into a school girl with a crush on a taken man. Granted, Nathan is not married, but the whole having a girlfriend and his "friendship" with Leta, it just gave me a bad taste in my mouth. I don't like cheaters, and you don't have to be married to cheat! For a seemingly smart woman, Leta does not show that in her romance with Nathan.

I just found it really hard to connect with the character. I have loved the other books I have read by this author, so I am inclined to think that maybe it was just me, or an "off" book. I do look forward to reading more of her books in the future!

Thanks Revell for giving me this copy in exchange for my honest review!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday- July!

I will spare you the "I can't believe July is already over" speech, but seriously!  I will say though that after the 4'th of July was over I got the summer is almost over feeling of doom. Working on my Fall Schedule and School Starting AUGUST 8'th really didn't help either! But I digress, on to the questions!

As always linking up with Mix and Match Mama!

What I'm eating this week: Well I'm starting this on Sunday, and tonight I had Grilled Pork Burgers for Dinner. I'll have left over on Monday, Tuesday will be Buck Creek Pizza! YAY! I LOVE their cheese pizza!! And the rest of the week I am sure will be either cold items or something grilled, it's hot yo!

What I'm reminiscing about: Nothing really?

What I'm loving: Payless Click List!! Listen, I love this so much I plan to devote an entire blog post to it! Basically you order your groceries online and they bring them out to your vehicle and load them for you! You only have to roll down your window to pay! IT.IS.WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!! And yes I have officially hit old person status when grocery shopping made easy gets me this excited.

What I've been up to: I have been really busy lately! I've been out of town two weekends in a row for Mystery Church Assignments. Last week I had an Eye Exam, this week Another Dr's visit, I went to the fair last week before teaching one day. An hour long concert I'm playing on Tuesday means I have been practicing a lot lately and picking out the songs to play, timing them, and copying them to put them in my performance binder. Busy Busy Busy! I am looking forward to a lazy weekend!!!

What I'm dreading:Winter and cold weather! This heat kills me a little but I'd rather have hot weather over winter any day! I'm also a little sad about summer schedule ending. Back to teaching late every night of the week.:(

What I'm working on: Getting Organized! And I have been doing somewhat of a face lift on my bedroom. It's still a work in progress but I have high hopes for it! And as always, working on students lesson plans, areas they need help on, and practicing myself for a concert on Tuesday of this week.

What I'm excited about: I'm excited to have Ladies who Lunch with Emboz, Madi and Bethanne later this week! Bethanne has been out of the country on a missions trip and I'm really excited to hear all about it!

What I'm Watching/Reading: I'm trying to finish my library books that are due! Currently reading an old Dee Henderson Book. Clint Hill's latest book Five Presidents, and desperately trying to reach and surpass my 168 reading hours by the deadline next weekend! I'm currently Watching Body of Proof, and re starting Private Practice. I need a show to watch/listen to while I do other things so I'm re watching these. Cherrybear needs a new show to binge!

What I'm listening to: Right now as I finish this on Tuesday evening all I hear is my mini fan, and the fridge running. Sweet Silence!!

What I'm wearing:Monday I wore my new black maxi skirt that I scored at Goodwill last week! It si SO comfy and I feel like I'm wearing PJ's when  I wear it! I paired it with a flowy blue top and a gold necklace with dark purple and some feathers. Tuesday I'll be wearing shorts (because it's really hot where i'm going to be playing the piano at) and a gold sleeveless top my Mom just gave me, along with my favorite sparkly gold sandals! The rest of the week, who knows! It will probably be shorts, and sleeveless tops all week long. Did i mention it was hot??!

What I'm doing this weekend: Going to my own church!! I have been doing some Mystery Church Assignments, and while they are interesting (and awkward) they really make me miss my own church! I'm excited to be back at Northview!

What I'm looking forward to next month: I don't have anything exciting on the calendar for August. I am kind of excited for school to start, because that means no early lessons, aka more sleep! But I'm sad for summer to end. :(

What else is new: One of these days I will have something really exciting to put in this space. So far not so much! HA!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Life Lately

First off, Shout Out to Blogger for taking all of my pics and putting them completely out of order.I hate moving pics around on blogger, so you are stuck with it!

Secondly, brace yourself for massive picture overload. Apparently I should blog Life Lately more regularly!

 I got a new lipstick in my Boxycharm, that was way darker than my normal color. I'm trying to try new things this summer, so i wore it! Go me! It was one you definitely need a mirror to apply, but I liked it!

 Earlier this week I finally went and got my eyes checked. It really wasn't that exciting, but I was glad that my new dr's office got me in and out in under an hour! And the best part was that the air puff machine was broken! SO NO AIR PUFF IN EYES! Man, I hate that thing!
 I wandered upon a 90% off CVS sale this past weekend and made out like a bandit. I can't resist these cups, I drink a ton of water and always have a drink around me. 50 cents for a festive USA cup? Sold!

 I had an adventure out of town this past Sunday, and got to go to my favorite Goodwill store. I scored a ton of stuff for under 14.00! Thanks to red tag Sunday! 
 This shirt wasn't on sale, but I couldn't resist the cute little detailing!

 I had Dinner with A&A last night and Audra and I exchanged purchases. HA! She had bought the pillows (Second from right and left) for her office but didn't like them. She knew they matched my living room and asked if I wanted them. Um, YES! How cute are they? I cannot resist pillows. They are my weakness! Students and Parents have already complimented me on them :)

 When I was out of town Sunday for my adventure, I was getting ready to drive back home and the sky looked ominous. Thankfully i missed the brunt of the storm, but I definitely drove through rain!

 Some more finds at CVS. I have a flower addiction.
 I also love anything that lights up. I loved this little fake candle light!
 And how cute are these tiny lanterns?!!!

 While I was out of town, I drove past the Hospital that I have had several surgeries at with my GI Doctors. Oh the memories! Or not so much, since the medicine always gives me amnesia!

 I happened upon a National Guard place with this equipment out front. I knew I had to stop and take pictures for my oldest nephew. I threw in a selfie with it, so he'd know I was there :)

 I started off last weekend with a trip to my Chiro. Ahhhhh...
 It was a stuggling friday. Glasses, Sleepy Face, Brain not working.. Stuggle!

 So far my Garden has produced One Cucumber, and One Sweet Pepper. 

 Last Weds it got really dark and rainy in the middle of the afternoon. I had to light some candles in my kitchen to work on my computer and it was cozy!!
 Before the rain happened I had a special delivery of Doughnuts for my Students and I! I might have eaten my favorite before they got here :)

 One of my students has THE CUTEST little baby sister!!!!!

 I signed up to be a book Reviewer and got my first free book to review last week! I really like this Author's books, currently reading it right now! Stay tuned for a review!
 And finally, HOW ADORABLE is this outfit I got for Addie Jane????!! I died when i saw it in store, I knew she had to have it! She looks really cute in blue/green.

And the shorts have RUFFLES!!!! Little girls clothes are my favorite!!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Fourth of July Fun with the Nephews! Part One

Grab a Drink, Several Snacks, Use the Restroom, and pack a change of clothes. This is going to be a LONG post. And it's only Part One! #BraceYourself

What can I say, my nephews are just so doggone cute, and we had too much fun on the 4'th not to recap it fully!
First off on the Family Fun, we hit up the Wolcott Festival! My brother and I grew up going to it every year of our childhood so I was excited to share it with my nephews. When We pulled into town I first wondered where all the people were. You used to have to park way down the road, sometimes by a field, this wasn't the case this time. So that was weird. 

The second thing I wondered was where were all the booths? The lawn of the Wolcott house used to be filled to the brim with booths, selling things, and all kinds of stuff. not so much this time. There was the music stage as usual, and a petting zoo. I was shocked! We did find some booths later but not very many of them. And I was walking/hand holding with a certain little boy who kept thinking that our entire family was going to leave us as we stopped at a booth.

 We snuck in a picture of Nana and Grandpa with their boys with A not realizing what was going on. Sometimes you have to be sneaky!
 A wasn't quite sure what was going on.. Or why he was being forced to drink out of a pink cup. #WhenAtNanas
 This little Cutie and his Momma watched Auntie and Big Brother ride the Merry Go Round. More about that in Part Two!

 We rock the selfie. Even if it did take three tries to get him to give me a real smile! The age of the fake smile has arrived, and I'm here to tell you his fake smile is painful looking. Bless his heart!

 So My Mom has this train that plays a song, and one of the cars on it has a circle that spins around. When B was little, probably 6 months old or so? He came to Nana's and LOVED this train. but he always did one particular thing with it. He would put his finger in the circle to where you could hear it hitting his finger. Hard to explain on paper, but a very distinct thing. Fast Forward a few years and the first time A played with this train HE DID THE SAME EXACT THING!!!!! This picture above is him doing it. So weird that two brothers who are very different, do the same weird thing on this toy! EVERY SINGLE TIME.

 My SIL and I toured the Wolcott house, which was great because they had the a/c on full blast and it felt SOOOO GOOD! the house was nice too :) They had a baby grand piano that I REAAALLLLLLYYYYY wanted to play, but of course there was a girl who was being a piano hog and everytime i went by the room with the piano she was still on it!

I took the above picture because it cracked me up! My family has an inside joke with these big animals on the wall, so I was snickering to myself the entire time!
 I thought this bed was really cool and even cooler was the inside of it
 I'm not sure what that is, but it was beautiful!
 I love old houses and the woodwork. These stairs were just gorgeous!!!
 I always wanted some fancy dramatic stairs like these growing up!
 When we were done touring the Wolcott House we decided we should take a picture to commemorate! We were going to do a selfie in front of this pretty stained glass window for a cool background, until one of the workers saw us and told us she would take our picture! Very nice of her! 

So she snapped several shots and then told us that we needed to go over and stand on the stairs for another pose.  I told her she was a woman after my own heart, she understood the need for photography! HA!
 I made my SIL stand on the step above me so we would be the same height :) I never went to Prom #Homeschooled but I told my SIL after we left that I felt like we were taking prom pictures there on those steps! It got a little awkward, but it was funny!

 After we took our sweaty selves home from the festival, we had just enough time to have a short break, and a rest for the little, before we headed out to a special dinner at one of my parents favorite restaurants! The Whistle Stop! Us kids had never been, and they had told us how cool it was, so I for one was excited to go! B got to ride in Nana's car for the first time, in his booster seat, and despite the look on his face in this picture he was really excited. :)
 A likes to pull and tug at his curls.. Especially when he is eating .:)
 He was getting excited about something here, Food no doubt!!
 The Whistle Stop gives you complimentary ice cream at the end of your meal!!!!! WE WERE ALL FANS!
 Afterwards we walked around outside checking out all the trains, and this cutie held my hand again. Sighs. Heart Melt!
 We sat down while my SIL tested out her camera to get a family pic of us, and I get this face from B when I ask him to take a picture with Nana and Grandpa.
 I have to say I like it better than his fake smile that looks like he is in pain!
 They had some really cool trains you could go in and play around on!
 Both of the boys were fans of "driving" the steering wheel. I was about to have a heart attack because there was a large place next to the wheel that you can kind of see above, that had no railing. i.e. child could just fall. I was happy when we were finally done on that train :)
 Walking around holding Nana's hand.
 Since our pictures on the way there were a slight fail, I told B we needed to try again. To him this meant Auntie said to make the craziest faces ever.
 I mean.. I just can't. He was cracking himself up and I was DYING when I would look at the pictures and see how far he could stretch his face!
I clearly need some help on my crazy faces, but they were too hilarious not to share!
 After we got home from the Whistle Stop, I sat down on the love seat and B snuggled up alongside of me. I put my hand on his back and starting lightly rubbing it, and within mins my Dad was telling me his eyes were closed and that he thought he fell asleep! I thought he had as well since he was QUIET. Which doesn't happen often:) He was not asleep but he stayed next to me while I rubbed his back for over 20 mins!
He even stayed there after his Mommy set his timer which tells him how much time he has to play before bedtime. He did tell me that "When a Cheetah lays down next to you for rest, you need to rub his back" Convenient how the "Cheetah" was tired around the same time as a certain little boy. My Mom rubbed my back when I was growing up, and I would always get her to "tickle" my back which was really just scratching it. :) B is SUPER ticklish, so I was surprised he liked having his back rubbed! But really, Who DOESN'T like having their back rubbed??!

Stay tuned for Part 2!!